Today I will be evaluating what is considered the biggest weakness in the New York Mets, the starting rotation mainly Ollie Pelf and Maine. These three starters for the New York Mets have all shown glipses of greatness and potential during their time as Mets but their have been many things stopping them from reaching their true potential.
PELFREY: Pelfrey had an outstanding 2008 and great begining of the 2009 season, until his infamous three balk game in San Fransico. Pelfrey went through a very
dissapointing and frustrating 2009. I dont know what it was but somewhere in the middle of the season he forgot how to pitch and got the yips. His sinker wasn’t sinking his slider wasn’t sliding and he couldn’t control a single pitch. At one point it got so bad that after getting yanked from a game at Coors Field in Denver he jogged around the parking lot in order to get the game off of his mind. In my opinion he was a subject of the Verducci Effect. The Verducci Effect happens to even the best putchers. An example is Justin Verlander. He had an awful season in 2008 and rebounded to Cy Young form in 2009. I expect a comeback like this from Mike Pelfrey next season.
Prediction 15-9 3.42 ERA
MAINE: Maine is one of the players who the saying ” Great when healthy” applies to. Its too bad he hasn’t been healthy since 2007 when he went 15-10 with a 3.33 ERA. At the end of last season when Maine recovered from his injury he showed glimpses of the 2007 John Maine. He was locating his fastball well and throwing good offspeed pitches. The “Maine Thing” ( pun intended) is for him to become more effective with his pitches. If he can stay healthy and work on becoming more effective I think Maine will have a solid year
Prediction 11-9 3.97 ERA
PEREZ: Now this one is the toughest. Oliver Perez is probably thr most nerve wracking and aggravating player to watch some days and other days he looks like Sandy Koufax. Oliver has shown he can be great like in 2007 and in 2004 with the Pirates but for some reason I get the feeling that hes not all there. I’ve heard from many people that Ollie is a nutjob. Well at least theres some good news, Oliver Perez went to a Training Facility in Arizona in order to get in shape for the 2010 season. I expect Ollie to bounce back from last year to somewhere like 2008 form.
Prediction 10-8 4.22 ERA